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NCSU College Honors Fishel for Longtime Help to Faculty, Students

Posted November 8, 2007

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— North Carolina State University's College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences honored WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel on Thursday for his contributions to the college and its students.

At a dinner, Fishel received the Zenith Medal for Service, which the college gives to recognize alumni or friends "for distinguished contributions or advocacy that significantly advance our ability to make powerful impacts on science, the economy, the environment and the quality of human life."

"Fishel has been an advocate for the college and a partner with our faculty and students, almost from the first day that he arrived at WRAL-TV," spokeswoman Anita Stallings said. Fishel has been with WRAL for more than 20 years.

"From working closely with our faculty, to mentoring students, to serving as chair of the State Climate Office Advisory Committee, Fishel's service to the College is broad and meaningful," Stallings said.

At the same dinner, the college gave Philip Summa of Charlotte its Medal of Achievement. Officials recognized Jun Zhu of Hangzhou, China, as the college's 2007 distinguished alumnus.


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  • blytle Nov 9, 2007

    Greg is a great guy and a wonderful meteorologist and the WRAL viewers are so blessed to have him and his dependable staff to rely on for weather. Congratulations, Greg. Also thank you to Jim Goodman who keeps Greg and his staff on the cutting edge with the best tools in the business to forecast the weather!

  • future meteorologist Nov 9, 2007

    I remember watching him when I was really young. I am so glad he got the award. I cannot wait to go to NCSU next fall and see him face to face and listen what he has to say to help the students look forward for a promising career in meteorology.

  • SaveEnergyMan Nov 9, 2007

    WRAL has a gem in Fishel. He is well respected, engaging, and most definitely a geek (said in the nicest way). I find it amazing that he still has time for extracurricular activities like Scouts for his boys (maybe a few years ago now) and playing the tuba. The other TV stations seem to have weather-people that change by the week, while WRAL has a full staff of meteorologists. Their interest in the science is clear and the award to Fishel is well deserved.

  • grant Nov 9, 2007

    Its nice too see someone recieve an award for work that they truly love. Greg's passion for Meteorology comes through and and makes weather more than just a concern, but an interesting phenomenon.

  • DayumKrazy1 Nov 9, 2007

    Congrats Greg, we should all know that no meteorologist is gonna be perfect predicting a weather forcast and some put too much emphasis on trying to say weather forcasters are always wrong. Well in this case WRAL couldn't be more right, 20+ years there and with all the public service he does its no surprise he was honored. He is always traveling somewhere and presenting something on TV during his forcast. When I watch the weather I watch his forcast, before that it was Bob's... living here most of my life thats how its always been.

  • mac5535 Nov 9, 2007

    Very Deserving

  • yukonjohn3 Nov 8, 2007

    Greg Fishel is a nice guy and one heck of a meterologist!! My friend, a farmer in Moore County, swears by him. When we watch channel 5 weather, we call him Greg Official!! This award could not go to a better man who takes his weather seriously and used it to protect and serve the viewing public. Congratulations!!

  • weasleyes Nov 8, 2007

    Very well deserved. I met Greg many years ago, when he spoke to our PTA! If you think that an after-dinner talk about the weather would be boring, think again. He is excellent! Plus, he is a real nice guy! Congratulations, Greg! Your community service over the years has finally been recognized. I would have a pun for you, but I can't think of an appropriate "won."